“I Am a Wild Young Irish Boy”


The Irish convict, trained as a sailor, flees the farm where he has been sent. He turns outlaw, but never robs the poor or kills without cause. Trapped by the police, he kills five and escapes. Only when he is dying does he let the police be tipped off


  1. Laws L19, "I Am a Wild Young Irish Boy"
  2. Doerflinger, pp. 270-272, "I Am a Wild Young Irish Boy' (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT 573, YNGIRSHB
  4. Roud #1907
  5. BI, LL19


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1959
Found in: US(MA) Australia